The Witcher Season 2’s December release date is finally in sight, with Geralt of Rivia actor Henry Cavill weighing in on how his character will change in Season 2.
You can expect a more paternal Geralt in Season 2, and more of an “intellectual, philosophical, intelligent” version of the character. The second season of the Netflix show will see Geralt play Siri’s savior – this time with Cavill playing a ‘mysterious’ protagonist who was his persona in Season 1.
“But with Siri, she’s definitely bringing out the paternal side of Geralt,” explained Cavill. that’s a deal. “While he doesn’t necessarily crave children, he takes it naturally to be a keeper.”
As mentioned earlier, this season Geralt will escort Siri to Carr Moren, where witches are trained – part of Siri’s journey this season is learning to wield her powers. But for Geralt, this season will bring him back in touch with his father figure, Witcher Vesemir, played by Killing Eve actor Kim Bodnia.
For Cavill, getting Geralt on screen with Vesmeer was one of the highlights of The Witcher Season 2. “Some of my favorite scenes that I got to do with Kim. He brings something really special to the character, and I think people are going to really enjoy it.” The character was first introduced in the animated Netflix film Nightmare of the Wolf.
Cavill’s overall goal this time was to bring more depth to the character. “I really wanted to save her from being a tunnel,” the actor tells EW. “Even though he’s dark and mysterious at times, I wanted him to come across as this incredible character [Sapkowski] wrote. Those are the things I really pushed for and tried very hard to be on the show.”
The actor also spoke about how the show’s approach to storytelling will change this season — he’s swapped the confusing timeline-hopping nature of Season 1 for multiple cliffhangers inside a single episode.
You’ll be able to find out if it works for you when The Witcher Season 2 drops on December 17th.
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Analysis: a darker side of Geralt
An outspoken fan of the game and character, the reason why The Witcher Season 1 worked so well is that Henry Cavill brought dimension to a protagonist who could have been a cheesy fantasy figure in a brash wig. He had the physicality to bring Geralt to life—not to mention a funny, swashbuckling side that made him a fun person to watch on an adventure.
Without Cavill’s distinctive role on Geralt of Rivia, who’s to say the show would have been a hit at all?
The Witcher Season 2 looks like it will be more focused, though, and dial in the character edges that you don’t get to see that he’s slaying a monster of the week. We wouldn’t bet against the show offering some standalone adventure in the vein of Season 1, though, because that was a fundamental part of the series’ appeal.
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